Kanaani - KAN
This is a preliminary standard.
Final version is to be approved by the Standard Commission, and will soon be published.
The Kanaani is a spotted or classic tabby shorthair of German origin. They are hybrids bred from crosses with the Felis lybica gordonii subspecies of wildcat and the Bengal and Oriental Shorthair bloodlines. This was done with the intention of creating a cat with a domestic temperament with a "wild-looking" appearance.
Top of head
The head is carried on a slender, long neck and forms a broad triangle.
Muzzle and chin
The cheek bones are visible (no pinch). The muzzle is slightly flattened, the chin is firm.
The slightly arched forehead continues gently into a well defined, straight nose. No stop or suggestion of a stop.
The eyes are large and almond-shaped. They are set wide apart and are slightly oblique. The eye colour is always green in adult cats; yellow-green is tolerated.
The ears are large, broad at the base and tapered. They are erect and are set wide apart. The distance between the ears must be at least that of the lower ear's width. Tufts on the tips are desired. The ears have a thumb print.
Size and boning
The medium to large sized, slender cat is muscular and athletic, yet elegant.
Legs and paws
The legs are long and slender, the paws are oval.
The tail is long, rather thick at the base and tapering.
The coat is short, close lying and with little undercoat. The structure is rather coarse and not soft like in the Siamese. The hairs are long enough to show a clear ticking in the base colour and in the pattern. The ticking cannot be sacrificed, but it is not pronounced enough for the spots to disappear.
Special breed faults